How many people travel in a group?
The majority of our tour groups consist of between 10 and 15 people. Having a small group size not only means we can offer a more personalised service, but it also gives us access to more destinations, activity and accommodation options.
How fit do I need to be?
You don’t have to be an athlete to travel with us – all walks and activities are optional and there is something for everyone.
What does the Tour Leader do?
Each group is accompanied by a Local Tour Leader to inform, enthral and entertain you with facts, stories and unbelievable insight into the local culture. They will also book your accommodation and recommend top notch things to do every step of the way. Our guides are consistently one of the most highly-rated features of our trips – just ask any traveller of ours! They will become a good friend and source of support to you.
Are airfares included in the tour?
Our travellers come from all over the world, so unfortunately we can’t include a standard airfare. We can help you find great flights though. Simply get in touch and we will help you find the best deal to suit your travelling plans.
Who travel with us?
We offer gap year & adventure tours for travellers aged between 18 and 35(ish) from all over the world. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a close friend, you’ll meet heaps of awesome people on the first day of each tour.
Is it ok to travel alone on GRABATOUR?
Absolutely, that’s the beauty of small group travel. You will make friends quickly with other travellers and your Tour Leader will become a good source of support to you along the way too!
What will I eat whilst in Southeast Asia?
Western food is sparse outside the main centres so come open-minded about eating local food. At our stops we will recommend tasty restaurants but when you get into local villages and homestays be prepared to eat simple local fare, with maybe the odd wild-card ingredient (which is part of the fun!). Supermarkets are not the norm but we will point out places where you can stock up on food for the day. Depending what you eat, you can spend $5 – 15 a day on food.
Please note vegetarian meal options may at times be limited for choice but there is always rice, noodles and soups, and excellent fruit and vegetables are plentiful at the local markets.
Help - I just tried to book but my payment failed.
First step – please check with your bank as to whether you have sufficient funds or if there is a block on international transactions.
If your bank says there shouldn’t be a problem their end, then send us an email or give us a call.
How do I get a visa? Can I get one upon arrival?
Since visa requirements vary depending on where you’re coming from and where you going, we recommend that you contact the appropriate embassy in your country of origin. For a general overview, you can find information on passports, visas and immigration in the Travel Guides.
Do I need travel insurance?
There is no travel insurance cover included in the price of a GRABATOUR Trip but adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory to travel with us.
Our preferred insurance provide is World Nomads Travel Insurance which is available to people from over 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
Arrival Information/Early Arrival
It’s best to arrive on the actual start date. There are no activities on the first day, so you can arrive at any time. If you do arrive early we’ll still pick you up from the airport and will book you into the hostel from the day you arrive. Extra nights will be approx. £8 / $15 per night for a multi-share room and can be pre-paid with your agent or paid on arrival.
It’s important to check your visa requirements before entering Vietnam.
Some nationalities including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway can enter Vietnam without a visa for a maximum of 15 days.
Other nationalities or those wishing to stay longer than 15 days need a visa for Vietnam and have two options:
Option 1: Apply for a one month visa at a Vietnamese Consulate nearest to you before you arrive. This requires submitting an application form along with your passport, passport photos and paying a fee, which starts at $60USD for a single entry one month visa. Please allow at least 2 weeks processing time for this visa.
Option 2: Apply for a Visa Invitation Letter that is emailed to you, which you then print and bring with you to Vietnam. This letter allows you to fly into Vietnam and pick up your Visa on Arrival (VOA) at the airport. This VOA is for one month and is at a cost of $25USD for a single entry and $50USD for a multiple entry and needs to be paid in USD cash on arrival in Vietnam. There are a variety of websites that will provide you this Visa Invitation letter such as www.myvietnamvisa.com They will require you to submit an online application form and pay a fee of approx. $20USD. Please allow at least 4-5 working days processing time for the Visa Invitation Letter.
A VOA is not available to those arriving into Vietnam overland. If you plan on arriving overland you’ll need to go with Option 1.
Please note that while the above information is currently accurate, visa rules can often change so it’s always best to double-check before departing. If you’re unsure of your visa requirements or need any help just contact us.
Do many people travel alone?
Yes. Lots of people who go to Vietnam are travelling solo. But by doing GRABATOUR Vietnam you’ll be part of a group, so it’s a great way to meet people and make friends!
When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
It’s always a good time to go travelling in Vietnam. Most months of the year you will experience both sunshine and possibly some rain. It’s usually quite hot and humid most of the time, but it can occasionally get cold, especially in the north of Vietnam between November and February, so it’s always best to bring a couple of warm layers with your summer clothing.
How much spending money will I need?
All your activities, accommodation, transport and some meals are included with GRABATOUR Vietnam, so you’ll just need money for some meals, drinks, shopping and any onward travel. We recommend you bring at least £300 / $500 spending money.
How will I access money while I’m away?
It’s best to take a Visa or Master Card debit, credit or travel money card. There are ATM’s available throughout Vietnam so it’s easy to get access to cash. Some places accept credit card but not all.
Is there Wi-Fi throughout the trip?
All accommodations we stay at have free Wi-Fi available. Vietnam’s network quality is often lower than you’re used to but you can generally connect and do basic stuff.
What luggage do you recommend?
We always recommend travelling with a backpack and packing light! 10-20kgs of stuff should be plenty. It’s generally quite hot in Vietnam so dragging around a huge suitcase is not much fun. There is luggage storage at the airport or at some accommodations if needed.
What plugs do they use in Vietnam?
Vietnam generally uses a flat or round 2 pin socket the same as most of Europe. It’s always best to grab yourself an appropriate adaptor if needed before you go.
Where should I fly into/out of?
The tour begins in Hanoi so you would look to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport. However, the tour ends in the south in Ho Chi Minh City so ideally you would look to fly out of HCMC International Airport! Sometimes though it is cheaper to do a return ticket in and out of Hanoi so if that’s the case just give yourself an extra day at the end of the tour and you can jump on an internal flight up to Hanoi to catch your flight home.
When are tour dates released?
Generally, our tour dates for Ultimate Vietnam run every 3 weeks on Mondays throughout the year with a short break in February and over New Year. They are released approximately 11 months in advance, so for plans far in the future just be sure to check in with us around then to see the exact dates.
Can anyone book this tour?
GRABATOUR Vietnam is limited to people aged between 18 – 39 years of age. We welcome people from any country. We accommodate solo travelers, couples as well as small groups of mates.
Is Vietnam a safe place to visit?
Vietnam is a safe place to visit, as long as you follow some basic health and safety guidelines and have respect for the local people and culture. The most common dangers in Vietnam are sunburn, dehydration and hangovers, however travelling in a group with Grabatour Vietnam makes it even safer! Our tour guides have travelled extensively, and will share their experience, local knowledge hangover-cures with you.
Do I need travel insurance?
Travel Insurance for Vietnam is compulsory to join GRABATOUR Vietnam. Your Group Leader will ask to see proof of your cover before your trip begins. You can organise a quote and policy for yourself here:
What is the process after I book Grabatour Vietnam?
After booking you’ll be contacted by the reservations team, who you can email with your questions at any time. We’ll email you a confirmation of your booking and then all you have to do is arrange travel insurance, visa and your flight to Vietnam – we’ll take care of the rest! Two weeks before your start date we’ll also send out the “Grabatour Vietnam Brochure” file with heaps more info for you!
What happens if my flights are delayed?
No worries, if your flights are delayed just email us or give us a ring/email us and we’ll adjust your booking.
Do I need vaccinations?
Nobody wants a portion of food or a bite from a mosquito to ruin the trip of a lifetime … so plan ahead and get your vaccinations sorted before you make the trip. This is a rough guide to want you have to plan against with Vietnam in mind and some of the vaccinations listed are taken care of during childhood so check with your GP before you go and book anything, just to make sure you need the jabs!
Hepatitis A and B – two separate diseases with a vaccination that can be taken together or separately. Both diseases are pretty awful so tick this one off!
Typhoid – highly recommended and transmitted by dodgy food or water. Get it and forget about it!
Tetanus, Pertussis & Diphtheria – It’s best to have an updated tetanus jab and the others come along with the package.
Measles Mumps and Rubella – one of the childhood immunisations that you might not need so check your immunisation record with your GP.
Flu – get a flu shot if you think it’s necessary or ask your doctor for more information.
Malaria – inland Vietnam has malaria whilst the coast doesn’t.
There are a couple more that can be recommended but aren’t essential so we’ll say it again – check with your GP!
Ideally, you should organise all this plus a trip to your GP (General Pratitioner) 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Some vaccination need 2 or more shots.